Helen Benedict

Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and the author of five novels and five books of nonfiction, her new nonfiction book, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq was published by Beacon Press in 2009. Benedict’s play based on the book, The Lonely Soldier Monologues, was performed in New York City in March 2009.

Links for more information:

Helen Benedict’s web site

Dr. Benedict’s Columbia University Faculty page

The Lonely Soldier Play

Helen Benedict on the Private Wars of Military Women

“Award winning author and journalist, Helen Benedict, who testified twice before Congress regarding the issues of women in the military, is interviewed by Cindy Piester of Pulse TV and Maverick Media. Topics include, The Lonely Soldier, military sexual trauma, rape, and the new class action law suit against the Pentagon, Donald Rumsfeld, and Robert Gates.”


Panayiota Bertizkis

Panayiota Bertzikis is a humanitarian and social justice activist. Panayiota is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. In 2010, she was awarded the Massachusetts Unsung Heroine Award. Panayiota currently serves as the Executive Director of the Military Rape Crisis Center.


Carol Burke

Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, she combines her ethnographic skills as a folklorist with her interest in literary journalism. Her publications include Camp All-American, Hanoi Jane, and the High-and-Tight: Gender, Folklore, and Changing Military Culture and several other books. Her articles have appeared in The Nation and The New Republic, as well as in scholarly journals and collections. Before joining the faculty at UCI in 2004, she taught English and Journalism courses at the U.S. Naval Academy, Vanderbilt, and Johns Hopkins Universities. In 2006 her article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle about the sexual harassment of Army Specialist Suzanne Swift.

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Cynthia Enloe

Research Professor of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) and Women’s Studies at Clark University, Enloe’s feminist teaching and research have focused on the interplay of women’s politics in the national and international arenas. Racial, class, ethnic, and national identities and pressures shaping ideas about femininities and masculinities have been common threads throughout her studies of militarization. She has written for Ms. magazine and the Village Voice and has appeared on National Public Radio and the BBC. Among her nine books (all published by the University of California Press) are: The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War (1993), Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (2000), Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives (2000), and The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire (2004).  Her latest book is Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War (2010).  

Links for more information:

Women and Men in the Iraq War: What Can Feminist Curiosity Reveal ?
May 27, 2008 ~ Clarke Forum on Contemporary Issues ~ Dickinson College

Dr. Enloe’s Clark University Faculty page

The Progressive  Radio Interview

University of California Press

Cynthia Enloe Bibliography on usmvaw.com


Gwyn Kirk

A scholar-activist concerned with gender, racial, and environmental justice in the service of genuine security, peace-making, and creating a sustainable world. Co–author of Greenham Women Everywhere: Dreams, Ideas and Actions from the Women’s Peace Movement and five other books, she has taught courses in women’s studies, environmental studies, political science, and sociology at U.S. universities and colleges. With Margo Okazawa-Rey, she co-edited Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives, and she has written widely on ecofeminism, militarism, and women’s peace organizing. She is a founding member of the East Asia-US-Puerto Rico Women’s Network Against Militarism, which links scholars and activists dealing with the negative effects of U.S. military bases, budgets, and operations on local communities. Kirk is an active member of Women for Genuine Security. Her current research and writing focuses on organizing efforts to promote cleanup and healing from contamination caused by military operations and war.


Links for more information:

Gwyn Kirk’s web site


H. Patricia Hynes

Pat Hynes is a retired environmental engineer and Professor of Environmental Health, who worked on issues of the urban environment (including lead poisoning, asthma and the indoor environment, safe housing, community gardens and urban agriculture); environmental justice; and feminism at Boston University School of Public Health. She was Co-director of the Health Public Housing Initiative, a ten-year community, public agency and university collaborative that researched, piloted, and developed a full-scale IPM program in Boston public housing.

For her writing, teaching, and applied research, she has won numerous awards, including the US EPA Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), 2003 National Delta Omega Award for Innovative Curriculum in Public Health; US EPA Environmental Merit Award for Healthy Public Housing (2004) and the Lead-Safe Yard Project (2000); and the 1996 National Arbor Day Foundation Book Award for A Patch of Eden, her book on community gardens in inner cities. She is the author and editor of seven books, including The Recurring Silent Spring and, most recently, Urban Health: Readings in the Social, Built and Physical Environments of U.S. Cities.

Hynes is currently publishing and speaking on the health effects of war and militarism on the environment and society, with a special focus on women. She is President of the Board of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in Western Massachusetts.


Ann Jones

“Ann Jones is an authority on violence against women. She is a journalist, photographer and the author of eight books of nonfiction, most recently War Is Not Over When It’s Over (2010), an account of the impact of war on women. Her other books include Kabul in Winter (2006) and Women Who Kill (1980), republished recently by the Feminist Press as a Contemporary Feminist Classic.

After 9/11 she went to Afghanistan and worked as a humanitarian volunteer on and off for four years, documenting the cases of women detained in prison, lobbying for women’s rights and teaching Afghan high school English teachers. Her experiences formed the basis for Kabul in Winter. She still travels periodically to Afghanistan and reports on developments there for there for The Nation and TomDispatch.

A former gender adviser to the UN, she currently studies war as a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.”   The Nation Institute

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Democracy Now! Interview, September 30, 2010


Catherine Lutz

She serves as Watson Institute Professor of Research at Brown University and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology, which she chairs.  Her most recent books include The Bases of Empire: The Global Struggle against US Military Posts (2009), Local Democracy under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics (2007), and Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century (2001), in addition to many other books and articles.  She served as the past president of the American Ethnological Society, the largest organization of cultural anthropologists in the U.S.


Links for more information:

Dr. Lutz at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

IVAW Panel: The Cost of the War at Home (video)

Anti War Radio interview April 11, 2008


Margo Okazawa-Rey

Currently Professor in the School of Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University, she is also Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University.  An educator and community organizer focused on militarism, globalization, and women’s rights, she is the co-author with Gwyn Kirk of Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives, and the co-author of Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to Anti-Racist, Multicultural Curriculum and Staff Development . She was a member of the Combahee River Collective in Boston during the 1970s and one of the founders of the Afro-Asian Relations Council in Washington, D.C. She served as Jane Watson Irwin Co-Chair in Women’s Studies at Hamilton College and holds a doctorate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Most recently, she co-edited a special volume of The Journal of Social Justice, focused on neo-liberalism, militarism, and armed conflict.  She is a founding member of the East Asia – U.S. Women’s Network Against Militarism,and the Institute for Multiracial Justice in San Francisco, organized to bring communities of color together to promote progressive politics. Okazawa-Rey is an active member of Women for Genuine Security.


Links for more information:

Dr. Okazawa-Rey’s Fielding Graduate University web site

Women for Genuine Security


Suzuyo Takazato

A feminist peace activist who has analyzed the interplay between sexism and militarism from the experiences of women in Okinawa, she is a driving force in Okinawa, Japan, and internationally in raising the question: for whom does the military provide security?  She serves as Co-founder and Co-director of Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence and a member of East Asia-US-Puerto Rico Women’s Network against Militarism. Her work has inspired global feminist peace movements for structural understanding of violence against women.  She helped create Okinawa’s first rape crisis center to provide hotline and face-to-face counseling to victims of sexual violence, and her activism has led to large-scale protests by people of Okinawa against U.S. military bases.

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